BMW introduces training program to repair carbon-fibre parts and EVs
BMW Australia is embarking on a rapid expansion of its accredited national vehicle repair program that the company say enables repairs of its vehicles to a structural integrity and quality that matches or exceeds the levels of the factories where the vehicles were manufactured.
The new globally certified, multi-step training program for BMW body and paint repair includes carbon-fibre repair, insurance assessor training, structural repair, panel replacement, electric vehicle overview, model technology updates, painter training, and glass replacement.
BMW says its paint and panel repair professionals trained in the global program work with cutting-edge techniques. These include aviation-standard methodologies to ensure the vehicle performs to its highest standard and also carries a superior finish following an accident or repair work.
In addition, the company says it ensures its specialists receive updated modules and training information to keep up with the company’s output of new and refreshed models. The training program is designed to future proof the work of local professionals in providing them knowledge of new-generation automotive design, engineering and construction techniques and how to deal with the intricacies of repairing highly complex vehicles.
Facilities include model-specific computerised body alignment benches, the Kinematic Diagnostic System (KDS) to return suspension geometry to factory tolerances and the Diagnostic Information System (DIS), which can precisely determine the extent of vehicle damage before the commencement of work.
“As we transition into more mainstream adoption of electric vehicles and autonomous technologies, we are seeing an increased requirement for chassis and bodies to balance strength, weight, flex and rigidity,” said Dr Reiner Meierbeck, BMW Group Australia head of Aftersales.
“BMW vehicles now include increased levels of high strength steel, aluminium, aluminium steel composites, carbon, plastics and thermal plastics, and we therefore need to ensure our people are educated and fully informed of every detail.”
BMW Australia has 45 Accredited BMW Bodyshops across Australia.
9 July 2020